This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
Today I am reminding you that all competition isn’t healthy.
While some competition may be fun, other ways of competing can become toxic over time and can ultimately take you off course. When I turn to the Scriptures, I think about the dispute between Abraham and his nephew Lot.
Abraham and Lot lived in the same area and were both wealthy men as they had a number of sheep and cattle to manage. In fact, they had so many animals that they each outgrew their respective pasture lands, so there was a real competition for good land. The scarcity of good land caused the herdsmen for Abraham and Lot to constantly argue over space.
One day, Abraham went to Lot and told him that they needed to stop the arguing because they were, after all, family. Abraham asked Lot to choose whatever portion of land he desired to live on. Then, Abraham would move his herd and family to reside somewhere else.
Abraham, in that moment, demonstrated that he knew where to draw the line in terms of competing for more. Lot, on the other hand, responded in a very selfish way. He chose the most fertile land near the Jordan Valley and made Abraham move to a new area. Yet in the end, we see that Abraham made the better choice because Lot chose land near Sodom, a city God ultimately destroyed.
As we think about that for a moment, hold onto these words: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit…Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
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So today, know where to draw that line.